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Bachelor of Communication — Journalism


About the program

Communication in its many forms is at the heart of all human activity, and to be successful in the work place and in life requires good communication skills. The Journalism major in the four-year Bachelor of Communication program helps students acquire those skills, offering an education that is useful no matter what career path they choose.

Our degree is based on integrating classroom learning with practical experience, including the completion of a paid four-month professional work experience term, and provides a broad-based education. Our classes are small, our instructors are all former industry professionals, and our goal is to support each student who joins us.

What our students can do for you

Journalism students utilize specific skills and abilities in the following areas:

• Journalism

  • News writing and reporting
  • News judgment and news management
  • Feature writing
  • Broadcast news gathering and field reporting
  • Digital news photography
  • Interviewing skills
  • Story pitches and ideas
  • Fact checking

Media Production

  • Experience publishing The Calgary Journal, an award-winning student-produced community newspaper, and the online news site, calgaryjournal.ca
  • Social media fluency and integration across all digital platforms
  • Multimedia projects
  • Video and audio production
  • Photo, video and audio editing and layout using Adobe's Creative Suite and other leading software systems
  • Headlines, cutlines and page layout for digital and print formats
  • Canadian Press style and copy editing
  • Deadline management
  • Data visualization for digital and print publications

• Research

  • Using the Internet and social media as research tools to find sources
  • Familiarity with news media and academic databases
  • Access to Information and official document research

• Ethics

  • Strict attention to ethical and inclusive practice as detailed in a program-wide journalism policy manual

Student availability

Journalism students are encouraged to complete two work experience terms in the communications field during their program, but are required for graduation purposes to complete one such supervised work experience term from May to August, September to December, or January to April.

How to hire a student

Our recruiting process is convenient and cost-free.

Post online

You can post a job online or provide a detailed job description to the work experience coordinator. Postings submitted online will be verified by a work experience coordinator. 

Note: New postings are subject to approval by Career Services and program faculty.


For more information contact:

Chad Wilson
Work Experience Coordinator
Phone: 403.440.6008
Email: cewilson@mtroyal.ca

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